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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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In the Hunt, but Not a Lock


At this point, I'd say he's in the running with Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth, but I would need to see some seriously amazing performances down the stretch against stellar defenses to give Warner the nod. Yes, he's had an amazing season, and he's a major part of that offense, but he also has the best receiver corps in the league and a rookie running back in Tim Hightower that has taken defensive emphasis away from the passing game.

If the Cardinals go beyond just winning a weak division and actually make a noise in the playoffs with their undisciplined defense, Warner would have to be the primary reason - and thus a virtual lock for the award. Right now, I'd have to see more. A healthy Portis is the absolute centerpiece of Washington's offense, and Haynesworth is the most dominant defensive player in the league. Warner is thriving in an offensive system that fits his strengths, but he'll need to transcend that consistently to truly be the NFL's most valuable.

By Doug Farrar  |  November 12, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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